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Jay-Z was the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

In June 2017, Shawn Carter—also known as—Jay-Z became the first rapper to be accepted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, joining the likes of John Lennon, , , and James Brown—among many more.

Songwriters become eligible for the Hall of Fame when they’ve released numerous hit songs over a span of 20 years minimum. himself hasn’t wrote lyrics down in a long time, he revealed in a 2007 MTV interview that the last time he wrote song lyrics on paper was for 1996’s “Can I Live”.

Jay Z was not in attendance at the awards 48th annual induction ceremony, but Jon Platt, the CEO of Warner/Chappell Publishing, accepted the award on his behalf and congratulated Jay Z on his achievement on video. After the ceremony, Jay Z went on Twitter to call his induction a win for and to thank other rappers who inspired him.

You can view Jay Z’s Songwriters Hall of Fame profile here.

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